Adoption Through a Child's Eyes

How children view adoption depends on their age, maturity level, and individual story. It's important to be open, honest, and ready to talk at any time.

How children view adoption changes as they grow
Dawn was delighted that her four-year-old son, Kevin, could recite the story of his adoption. He seemed to accept his adoptive status and was proud of it. Then one day she heard him saying, “…and Jeremy’s adopted, and Ben’s adopted, and Adam’s adopted…”—naming all his friends who were born into their families. Kevin accepted his adoptive status so well because he had no concept of its being unusual. Sure, he grew inside another woman before coming to live with mommy ...

By tuning in to what children understand about adoption at different ages, our talks become richer, more intimate, and ultimately more effective.

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